Utepils Ya Sure You Betcha
Well the beer is finally flowing on the Twin Cities newest brewery which has brought a little bit of Europe home with it. After a couple years of planning, a few name changes and a couple quirks worked out on the building itself, Utepils Brewing is finally opening.
What in gosh darn heck does Utepils mean? Well in Norwegian Ute means outside and Pils is of course beer and when you put them together it means enjoying the first beer outside in the sun after a long cold winter which is what Minnesotans are very familiar with. So with that they are focusing on brewing classic European beer styles in the land of Scandinavian immigrants and of course will also sneak in a couple IPA’s too since their new head brewer is Eric Harper formerly of Summit Brewing fame.
The 18,000-square foot brewery sits along Bassett’s Creek, near Theodore Wirth Regional Park which is between the Harrison and Bryn Mawr neighborhoods in northwest Minneapolis at 225 Thomas Ave. N. They also plan to open a outdoor beer garden when the weather heats up and will allow for an even more Euro beer drinking feel.
As I mentioned the European influence is throughout by not only just the look, feel and even artwork but as in the brew kettles, tanks, even the floor tile and of course the malts are all imported from Germany. I’m pretty excited to check the place out and see how the beer measures up to classic German styles. As for styles here are the beers that will be available from the start.
- Czech style Pilsner “Pils”
- Dusseldorf style Altbier “ALT 1848”
- Belgian style ale “Glocal IPA”
- Bavarian style “Ewald the Golden”
- Kolsch style brew “Copacetic”
Founder Dan Justesen and the crew plan to have a grand opening on February 18th but for now it’s regular hours with limited beer until the big day. Hours will be Wednesday through Thursday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 11pm and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Utepils will have growlers available for purchase ($15 to buy and $12 to refill). There will also be local food trucks outside most days.
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